Hermanus Winter Fun!

Dear Fireflyer,

The approaching winter is swiftly roping in the last rays of the summer sun, and crisp mornings, cool evenings and longer nights are now hunkering down in our backyards. When we first moved to our beautiful Hermanus, someone told us that townsfolk roll up their pavements and shut the doors and windows to prepare for winter hibernation.

I often reflect upon those words and wonder what the winter vibe must have been like a couple of years ago. Is Hermanus still the quiet winter town of folklore? Or have things changed?

“It’s all relative,” I hear my philosopher-self say, ” …relative to the speed by which you drive through town.” Let’s face it. Whether yesterday, today, or tomorrow, guests get excited about visiting the Hemel and Aarde Valley’s finest wine farms and tasting some of the world’s best wines, regardless of season. Others want to relax chin deep in a wood fired hot tub overlooking majestic landscapes. Adventurers like to eye-ball Mr or Mrs Jaws in Gansbaai. And when you are a whale, every year Hermanus is the water birth destination of choice. Whatever our guests desire, Hermanus promises to surprise everyone with memorable experiences!

Remember to visit the Hermanus Fine Arts Festival from 9 – 18 June 2023 ‘with 10 days of performances, talks and presentations, readings, exhibitions, food and wine events, workshops, films and demonstrations to delight all culture palates.’

Until next time,


Easter in Hermanus

Easter in Hermanus is a fantastic affair that brings together all walks of life. During Easter Weekend you can find many different activities for you and the family to enjoy.


During Easter Weekend Hermanus displays the well-known in depth and amazingly rendered Passion Play.
“The creators of the Hermanus Passion Play call it a miracle. Those who have seen the play, performed in its unique rocky setting in the Old Harbour, simply call it unforgettable. And then there are some who say that it is even better than the famous Passion Play at Oberammergau.

For the past fifteen years, the Passion Play has been performed on Good Friday at the Old Harbour in Hermanus. Every year it is watched by thousands – some come from as far as Pretoria and Johannesburg with the sole aim to watch the electrifying performance in its stark old-worldish harbour setting.” (Whale Talk 2010)

Hermanus Passion Play in Hermanus over Easter Weekend


The Hermanus Visbash takes place in Onrus River over the Easter holidays (April – May) and is a lovely event that locals and visitors look forward to every year. During the day the air is filled with the mouth-watering scents of fresh seafood as local talents create teams and participate in the Visbash competition to find out who is this year’s best seafood chef(s).

While the competition is in full swing there’s also many different stalls, arts and crafts for the children and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. There are also several ideal picnic spots to relax at (or nap) that are usually sheltered from the sun and offer a great vantage point of everything that’s going on around the fair.

Hermanus Visbash at Onrus River in Easter Holidays

There are so many other activities to entertain the family with during this holiday, like the Saturday Markets, walks in Fernkloof Nature Reserve, beach outings to catch up on some tanning, Cliff Path walks, and more!

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